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Wilson, longtime ski correspondent for the Financial Times and editor of Ski & Board magazine, has compiled a handsome book featuring approximately 400 gorgeous skiing and mountain photographs, 93 informative maps, and historical and anecdotal text about skiing and snowboarding around the world. Wilson is in The Guinness Book of World Records for skiing every day of 1994, a feat that took him to 240 resorts in 13 countries. Here, he documents the history of the sport and then introduces 80 of the best ski resorts around the world. The book spans Europe, the United States, and Canada and includes a final section on South America, Australasia, and Japan. Entries include information on the resort's history, terrain, flavor, and facilities. Famous locations such as Zermatt, Aspen, Whistler, Kitzbühel, Jackson Hole, Banff, and Lillehammer are profiled, as well as new areas in such countries as Bulgaria, Romania, and Slovakia. A section at the end of the book summarizes resorts, indicating location, resort details, elevation, vertical drop, number of lifts, marked runs, ungroomed terrain, snow making, night skiing, and length of season. This invaluable, attractive reference is recommended for public libraries.
—Melinda Stivers Leach